Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Church of St. Clement of Ohrid - Skopje

One of the many exceptional brutalist buildings that was built in Skopje after the 1963 earthquake was the Church of St. Clement of Ohrid. 

It is very interesting because it uses brutalist methods, but in a homage to Orthodox churches in Macedonia. It is cool outside.

Inside it is a hyper version of more traditional Orthodox churches. There are no pews (you stand during a service). Thee are icons on alters and beautiful, colorful paintings inside.

This painting is on the ceiling.

One last things has confused me. I asked Suzanne and Noel - the church experts - what this symbol is. It looks a bit like a octopus with a face. Suzanne's best guess is the Angel Gabriel during the Annunciation (which just sounds like pronouncing your words more clearly, but not my area of expertise). Any other guesses appreciate (none rude).

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